Can I give my pet treats as part of a healthy diet?
The short answer is, yes! The right treats, in moderation, can be part of a healthy and balanced diet.
However, keep these tips in mind:
- Veterinary nutritionists recommend that no more than 10% of your pet’s daily calorie intake come from treats. More than that, and your pup or kitty could gain weight or miss out on important nutrients from a more balanced diet.
- The type of treats you feed matters. Some pets have more sensitive stomachs than others, so certain treats may upset their stomach. Also, some human foods (including chocolate, raisins, onions, and artificial sweeteners—to name a few) are toxic to pets and should be avoided.
- Healthy treat options may include not only low-calorie pet treats (like Fromm Crunchy-O’s), but also certain vegetables like plain (no sodium) green beans for dogs. If you’re not sure, ask your vet for recommendations.
When you know your pet’s meal plan is balanced and they’re getting all the nutrients they need, then you can enjoy bonding with your dog or cat by giving them a treat—guilt-free!